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#2019767 - 01/23/13 04:54 PM Good brands?
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I've been reading this forum for a while, and it seems like on a pretty regular basis there are posts about a brand of piano that I've never heard of and people commenting on how good it is.

Is there a reference somewhere that would be helpful in weeding out the bad ones if I'm shopping for a used one?

I'm not actively searching, just casually perusing the classified, craig's list, etc., and since some of these brands might not be well known I thought I might stumble on a good deal on some brand that is not widely known.

Not necessarily at the model # level yet, but just trying to weed out 'bad' brands.

any suggestions?
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#2019770 - 01/23/13 04:58 PM Re: Good brands? [Re: Oongawa]
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#2019897 - 01/23/13 08:04 PM Re: Good brands? [Re: Oongawa]
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To some folks here, a Steinway is a bad brand... to others, a Yamaha is a bad brand. I suppose it is an individual decision as to what brands are bad and which ones are good.

There are some professional piano technicians here who's word I take to heart in terms of brands to avoid. But even then, every piano is different.

The better known brands would be easier to re-sell, no doubt. Which ones are "bad"? Perhaps none.

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#2019918 - 01/23/13 08:56 PM Re: Good brands? [Re: Oongawa]
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To me among the famous brands Pearl River is a bad brand. But lang lang played for 12 yrs.
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#2019939 - 01/23/13 09:24 PM Re: Good brands? [Re: Oongawa]
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There are at this time IMHO no really "bad brands" left on market, at least not the way it was just few years ago.

Most pianos are constantly improving, similar to those car manufacturers who made "bad cars" only few years back but now offer much advanced and highly respectable models on market.

Everybody knows competition is far too stiff today for anybody to last with bar being raised by most companies - all at same time.

IMHO the real question for shoppers today is more to find out who has perhaps a certain edge over others, especially at same price point.

There are many interesting choices out there today and a bewildering array of near, real or "not so real/near" equals.

With pricing not always really making any sense..... frown

Finding the piano that offers "most" for hopefully "least" is what piano hunting seems to be increasingly all about.

Luckily there definitely are a number of interesting choices in each and every single tier of pianos, so keep trying as many as possible.

Remember: your winner is "your winner" - not necessarily everybody else's....

Happy hunting!

Norbert smile


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#2020187 - 01/24/13 08:23 AM Re: Good brands? [Re: Oongawa]
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Thanks, excellent points, all.

I'm still on the fence regarding my 'new to me' purchase, as to whether to keep it or sell it.

I'm by no means a great pianist, so a high end piano would probably be "wasted" on me. (sort of like driving a Ferrari to the grocery store.)

On the other hand, if I were to find a better piano at a great price, I might jump on it. I live in a retiree area so there are a lot of 'estate' sales, 'downsizing' sales and that sort of thing.

I will read the piano buyer's guide while I debate this.

Thanks for the tips!
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#2020812 - 01/24/13 11:38 PM Re: Good brands? [Re: Oongawa]
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High end is no bad idea, you'll find they help and inspire you.

Whatever you do take a reputable tech with you to check it over and get him to assess its potential, it may need restoration or just a service. Whatever you get will benefit from some servicing particularly if its had good use.
Even new pianos can be improved, they may be 'factory finished' and once home in a smaller room with different acoustic may well sound very different.
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#2020816 - 01/24/13 11:46 PM Re: Good brands? [Re: Norbert]
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Originally Posted By: Norbert
There are at this time IMHO no really "bad brands" left on market, at least not the way it was just few years ago.

Most pianos are constantly improving, similar to those car manufacturers who made "bad cars" only few years back but now offer much advanced and highly respectable models on market.

Everybody knows competition is far too stiff today for anybody to last with bar being raised by most companies - all at same time.

IMHO the real question for shoppers today is more to find out who has perhaps a certain edge over others, especially at same price point.

There are many interesting choices out there today and a bewildering array of near, real or "not so real/near" equals.

With pricing not always really making any sense..... frown

Finding the piano that offers "most" for hopefully "least" is what piano hunting seems to be increasingly all about.

Luckily there definitely are a number of interesting choices in each and every single tier of pianos, so keep trying as many as possible.

Remember: your winner is "your winner" - not necessarily everybody else's....

Happy hunting!

Norbert smile


This post resonated with me on so many levels. No bias, no promotion, just simply states, "your winner is your winner!" Inherently sound advice!

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#2020817 - 01/24/13 11:49 PM Re: Good brands? [Re: Oongawa]
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Registered: 01/14/13
Posts: 292
Loc: Toronto
hi-end definitely not wasting time. I started to learn piano by myself from first year of University on a Yang Chang and Yamaha U1, and one day I played on a Steinway D with my friends (who has access to it), i didnt even manage to finish my first piece at the time but it was the most amazing experience ever!
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